Uyghur Refugee Fundraiser

Opportunity Description

Hello MOSAIC Volunteers. IDRF is hosting a fundraising event on January 19th for Uyghur Refugees in Turkey. We are in need of 10 volunteers to help out throughout the event with various tasks.

Up to one in 12 Muslim residents languish in political re-education camps, according to the United Nations. 1 Many have been confined for seemingly inoffensive activities, including:
-Abstaining from alcohol and cigarettes.
-Having too many children.
-Owning a tent or a compass.
-Giving a deceased relative a traditional Muslim burial instead of cremation.
-Traveling abroad, or just having spoken with someone who has 2.

As a result of this unprecedented crackdown, thousands of Uyghurs have fled from their home in East Turkestan, Central Asia to Turkey to escape from this campaign of religious persecution. There are currently 120,000 Uyghurs who reside in Turkey, mainly in the cities of Istanbul, Kayseri, Eskisehir and Bursa. Having left everything behind for their safety, these vulnerable people live with meager food rations, inadequate shelter and clothing to withstand the winter weather of Turkey.

Our Work
IDRF is currently providing food rations and clothing to families in need during the winter months. The food parcels are sufficient to feed families for one month, and jackets, boots and sweaters are being provided for the Uyghur children.

Rushan Abbas started her activism work while she was a student, participating in the pro-democracy demonstrations at Xinjiang University in 1985 and 1988. Since her arrival in the United States in 1989, Ms. Abbas has been an ardent campaigner for the human rights of the Uyghur people and has worked closely with members of Congress since the 1990s. Ms. Abbas was a co-founder of the California-based Uyghur Overseas Student and Scholars Association in 1993, the first such Uyghur association in the United States, and served as that organization’s first Vice-President. The charter co-drafted by Ms. Abbas later served as the blueprint and played an important role in the establishment of the Uyghur American Association (UAA) in 1998. Ms. Abbas was subsequently elected Vice President of UAA for two terms. When Radio Free Asia launched Uyghur service in 1998, Ms. Abbas was the first Uyghur reporter broadcasting daily to the Uyghur region.

In 2017, Rushan Abbas founded Campaign for Uyghurs to advocate and promote human rights and democratic freedoms for Uyghurs, and mobilize the international community to act to stop the human rights atrocity in East Turkistan. Under her organization, Ms. Abbas introduced and led the “One Voice One Step” movement and successfully organized a demonstration on March 15th, 2018, in 14 countries and 18 cities on the same day to protest China’s detention of millions of Uyghurs in concentration camps.

Ms. Abbas frequently briefs US lawmakers and officials on the human rights situation in East Turkistan. She regularly appears on media outlets to advocate for the Uyghur cause and gives public speeches in universities and thinktanks. She currently resides in Herndon, Virginia.

Ablikim Idris: Mr. Ablikim Idris was born in Hotan city in East Turkestan and left his hometown in 1986 to study in Egypt in Al-Az’har University. After he graduated the university, he settled in 1991 as one of the first Uyghurs to seek asylum in Europe. Mr. Idris current Inspector General of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC). He was one of the founding members of the East Turkestan Union in Europe in 1991 in Germany which is the first established Uyghur organizations in Europe. Mr. Idris also co-founded the World Uyghur Youth Congress (WUYC) in 1996 and the East Turkestan National Congress in 1999 as well as the World Uyghur Congress in 2004. He previously served as Treasury, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee, Director of the Refugee Center for the World Uyghur Congress. He was the Treasury and Chairman of the Executive Committee for the World Uyghur Youth Congress and also served as the Board Director for the Uyghur American Association as well.


Activity begins

January 19, 2020, 6:00 pm

Activity ends

January 19, 2020, 9:00 pm


Magnolia Banquet Hall 5075 Falconridge Boulevard NE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3J 3K9  Map on Google

Volunteer Jobs

Total volunteers requested: 10

Begins Ends No. Req. Min. age
January 19, 2020, 6:00 pm January 19, 2020, 9:00 pm 10 16 years

Ushers (4):
Assist patrons at entertainment events by performing duties, such as collecting admission tickets and passes from patrons, assisting in finding seats.

Accountants (4):
Assist with collecting pledge forms and donations.

MC (1-2) (Emcee)
An emcee is the host and facilitator of the event. As long as you are holding the microphone on stage, you are the emcee. The role of an emcee is to warm up the crowd to prepare them for the program ahead.


Are there rules or protocols at the event?


Hazards, safety, security issues, trap doors, one way passages, electrical or other issues

No hazards, safety or security issues.

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